When I sent our realtor our "Housing Wish List," a prominent request on there was NO SEPTIC.
I've never known anyone with a septic system who didn't live in an old house with an old system and who wasn't experiencing issues with it. Scott apparently lived with this situation in his childhood and was as adamant as I was.
So the realtor sent us 2 separate lists, a total of 16 houses. Of those 16, 6 were over our price range, 2 had no interior photos (usually means trashed interior), 3 had septic systems, and the rest didn't really make either of us go "ooh...must have!"
So nothing then? Well...
We both fell in love with a house. But it has a septic system. The kitchen is beautiful! But it has a septic system. The view from the back of the house is amazing. But it has a septic system. Garden tub in the master bath. But it has a septic system. And around and around we went. As it turns out, neither of us was willing to cross the house off the list just because of the septic system.
And so I spent this morning researching septic systems. It seems even the EPA doesn't think you need an inspection more than once per year, and pumping less than that. And as long as you keep up with the maintenance, they're not so bad. They say you shouldn't do all of your laundry in one day, which is what we do now, but I think we could get in some sort of weekday rhythm. They say you shouldn't flush anything but toilet paper. I'm wondering where the tampons go? Is there some sort of mini diaper genie out there? And what about butt wipes? They also say garbage disposals are sort of a bad idea.
So, I'm asking the realtor for more information. But I'd also like your input, whomever you are! See anything bad about the house that I'm missing? Any septic pro/con stories? Anything at all?